With the summer storms blowing up from the south, we're already seeing fall armyworms arriving. It seems earlier than ever so we are letting you know as soon as our scouts started spotting them. >>Read up on fall armyworms
Time to Topdress Warm Season Lawns
It's still a great time to aerate warm season lawns. Use a core aerator, then topdress with Soil³ compost to add nutrition and improve the soil.
Do you have a bumpy lawn and are looking for a way to fix that? We recommend topdressing with our Level Mix, a blend of sand and Soil³ to fill in the small holes, divots, and depressed areas.
Will Yellow Sod Recover?
We know life can interrupt your plans to lay new sod as quickly as possible. When sprinklers break, your kids or dogs interrupt, mom needs you to look up something on the Internet for her, or you need to take a work call, people then call us with concerns about their sod turning yellow (or worse!).
Can you fix it? Will the grass recover? The answers are: Yes and yes!
Fertilizing Tips for Warm Season Lawns
- Since the threat of fall armyworms is real, we recommend our 5-10-30 + Acelepryn insecticide for Zoysia and Bermuda lawns. Order fertilizer for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
Read the Best Times to Apply Fertilizer >>
- Your TifBlair Centipede should be fertilized with very little nitrogen fertilizer. We have our own special formulation just for it with lower nitrogen: Centipede Formulation 5-10-30 + Iron. You can skip it this month and wait to apply it in August - pick one month or the other. That's all it will need. Order 5-10-30 for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
Read Fertilizer Tips for Your Centipede Lawn >>
- Topdressing with Soil³ can take the place of one fertilizer application. We recommend you aerate at the same time. If you have a new lawn, don't aerate until it's fully rooted - we recommend waiting until it's had one growing season to establish.
Read How to Aerate Your Lawn >>
Mower Tips for Warm Season Lawns
Regular mowing is making a difference in lawns throughout the land. For some types, that's once a week. A customer recently told me their lawn guy said their Bermuda needed mowing every other week, so they took matters into their own hands and started mowing in the off weeks. I got a call saying, "Our lawn has never looked this good!" All it took was plenty of water and regular mowing.
Read André's blog where he'll teach you the 7 Tips to Mow Your Lawn Like a Super-Sod Boss.
Here are your specific Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede mowing tips for June:
- Mowing New Sod: Did you lay new sod? Our saying is to "mow as soon as there is something to mow." In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it! Read: How Soon Should I Cut My Grass?
- Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn? Look them up at: Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses
- Automower robots mow 24/7 if you want them to. Read more of the reasons why we love Automowers.
Getting Rid of Weeds in Warm Season Lawns
- The window for pre-emergent herbicide has closed until September and we're now in the season of post-emergent herbicide in warm season lawns: You can apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max for weeds you can see now in established lawns. Read the label and follow instructions.
👍 Rule of Thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide labeled for warm season lawns (Quincept and 3-Way Max) after you've mowed your new lawn 3 to 4 times.
- Pulling by Hand: When you see a few weeds, just pull them up. Sometimes a hand trowel is helpful to get them up by their roots.
- Mowing: Mow those weeds down before they go to seed. Mowing is an effective way to suppress weeds because it cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. If you have bad weeds, mow on a weekly routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you.
- A robotic lawn mower will mow for you when you'd rather not be out in the heat.
- Mulch suppresses weed seeds in flower beds. Spread your favorite mulch 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- Crabgrass is in season! It's crawling all over the place. Read how to get rid of it in your lawn and flower beds: July Weed of the Month: Crabgrass
Everybody knows the name crabgrass, but most don't know what to do about it. Walk with us through the weed patch to discuss crabgrass and what to do about this common weed.
Come back next month for August's Lawn Tips for Warm Season lawns!
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